HISTORY OF TRUE JESUS CHURCH
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Jesus Church in the
United States was established
in 1930 in
Hawaii. However, it wasn’t until
about 1967 that the ministry in the States became more active. During that year,
Deacon John Wu from the east coast and Deaconess Anna Goo Kim Yue from the west
attended the first World Delegates Conference (WDC). Greatly inspired, they
returned and began to gather members for family services and introduced the
truth to friends and relatives. They became the harbinger of future sacred work
in the States.
lived in areas without church and were far away from their homeland. They sorely
missed spiritual events. So whenever they received invitations, they responded
with overwhelming joy and enthusiasm. Oblivious of the long, arduous journey,
they flew and some even drove more than ten hours. The thirst for the truth, the
enthusiasm to worship and serve God, and the desire to have fellowship with
members molded them into a formidable work force for Christ. Among them were
many university students who were trained in the Bible before they moved here.
In the west
coast, early workers like John Lin, Meishi Tsai, Paul Wong, Margaret Kini, James
Wu and others took active roles in the ministry. In the east, workers like John
Wu, Daniel Kau, Luke Loh, Grace Yao, Wen-Kuang Lo, Kang-Min Huang and others
served the Lord with much sacrifice.
the mid 1970’s, there was an influx of immigrants from
Hong Kong. Many members, especially those from
Taiwan, moved to Southern
New York, resulting in a sudden
boost in membership. Over time, the members realized that to further the
ministry, they needed to consolidate and utilize human and financial resources
systematically. Consequently, on July 24-26, 1976, the first National Conference
of the True Jesus Church (NCC) was held at
11070 Oak Street,
California. The NCC consisted of
delegates from the west (Hoon Tom from
Hawaii, John Lin, Margaret Kini,
Paul Wong, Meishi Tsai and James Wu) and from the east (John Wu, Daniel Kau, and
Wen-Kuang Lo). Deacon Tsung-Tao Lin of the International Assembly,
Taiwan, who was visiting
the States, acted as advisor. With John Lin elected as Chairman and Meishi Tsai
the Vice Chairman, the NCC established the Evangelical Coordination Council (ECC)
to be its executive body.
formation of the ECC, members here and abroad were enthusiastic and offerings
poured in. Funds were raised to recruit full-time ministers. The churches
shouldered up the annual budget of the ECC. Many members made significant
few members and workers in this vast land, the ministry needed much help. It was
time to muster forces from all quarters. Full-time ministers were recruited.
Elders, deacons, and members led services and administered to local needs.
Ministers from the Taiwan General Assembly (TGA) came to train workers. Young
preachers were encouraged to study in the States and immigrants to move to
places with churches.
brother Wen-Kuang Lo (John Lo) dedicated himself to the Lord as the first young
full-time minister recruited in the
USA. In November the
following year at the 4th NCC, brother Shyh-Kuang Yang was also accepted by the
NCC as a full-time minister.
request of the ECC, the International Assembly (IA) was able to make arrangement
with the TGA to release Derren Liang to study in the
US to assist the ministry.
At the 9th NCC, a special motion was initiated to officially invite Derren Liang
to be a full-time minister of the ECC. The TGA and IA graciously granted the
ECC's request. One more full-time minister joined the ministry.
9th NCC considered recruiting a full-time minister for the Korean-speaking
community. The following year, Elder Eun Jin Jung arrived from
Korea to become a
full-time minister for the Korean members in the States.
On August 15,
1978, I.J. Akpan of the Church of Jesus Christ in
Nigeria was baptized in Kern
California. Per his invitation to
preach the truth to
U.S. ministers went there
the following year and established many churches. Later, as the gospel reached
Liberia, the foundation of
the African ministry was laid.
the rapidly expanding ministry in
Africa, the Western Hemisphere Evangelical
Center (WHEC) was established in 1981 during the 6th NCC. The WHEC was
responsible for the African ministry and countries in the Western Hemisphere,
Canada, Europe and
the IA Bylaws, a country with five or more churches should form a General
Assembly. The ECC started with four churches with about 200 members. By 1981,
two more churches were added. A proposal was initiated at the 9th NCC to form
the General Assembly of the United States of America (GA). It was not approved.
However, this proposal was revived and unanimously approved at the 10th NCC and
made effective January 1, 1986. By 1993, there were 11 churches and four houses
of prayer with about 1,700 members.
beginning, much time was spent on improving its organizational structure and
efficiency. The resulting structure was complex but nevertheless, members worked
with one faith, mind, heart and love for Christ. ECC committee members often
worked through the night and the delegates stayed till 1-2 am to finish
business. Everyone was exhausted but none complained. Thank God that in all
these years during the NCC, the working atmosphere had been pleasant and
the GA’s focus turned from organizational structure to training and evangelism.
Seminars were held on a regular basis for ministers and workers both locally and
nationally. In addition, the GA conducted convocations and evangelical services
and ministered to remote areas.
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